Lon Dubh Loch Lao is a short poem composed by an unknown author, presumably an Irish monk, about a blackbird at Belfast Lough (Loch Lao). It is estimated to have been composed during the 9th or 10th century. The translation is a Cartlann original and very literal. We recommend you have a look at other translations and compare.

Int én bec
ro léic feit
do rinn guip
fo-ceird faíd
ós Loch Laíg,
lon do chraíb

The small bird
that let a whistle
from a beak
pure yellow:
it let a note
over Loch Lao
blackbird on a branch
yellow blossom.